Selections from A Celtic Temperament, Robertson Davies as Diarist, edited by Jennifer Surridge and Ramsay Derry and published by McClelland & Stewart in 2015. Comment below if you have any suggestions for what "h.t.d." stands for.
1958 Wednesday, December 31 H.t.d.—admirable—and spent the afternoon in bed with Brenda, naked, happy, and warm 1959 Saturday, March 28 Splendid h.t.d. on floor in bedroom: this improves with time though frequency inevitably less Tuesday, November 10 H.t.d. in sunroom, best in many months Friday, November 13 After lunch h.t.d., unforeseen and delightful Wednesday, November 25 To bed early and just in process of h.t.d. when Judy calls… h.t.d. resumed with added gusto and quite wonderful Thursday, December 31 H.t.d., 79 times in ’59, being absent one month 1960 Monday, January 11 Wonderful h.t.d. with both of us laughing uproariously Friday, February 12 Very jolly h.t.d Monday, March 21 An excellent and restorative h.t.d., but wake in night terrified by dream in which Mother appears as a baby guarded by ghosts Thursday, March 24 H.t.d. on waking, which dispels fatigue Friday, July 15 Gay h.t.d. 1961 Saturday, January 14 Meant to work on lecture in the afternoon but slept, then h.t.d., vastly more humanizing Friday, February 3 H.t.d. by fireside; most refreshing Friday, March 10 Home, h.t.d. after dinner Sunday, April 2, Easter Sunday H.t.d. 18 to date Saturday, October 28 Early to bed and h.t.d. twice, very jolly Wednesday, December 6 Chat with Brenda in the evening and unusually fine h.t.d. and early to sleep Sunday, December 31 We are both clearly middle-aged and our sexual life is not so active as it was—74 times in 1961—but I think we take a deeper pleasure in it than ever 1962 Friday, February 16 At bedtime attempt h.t.d.: no go; back too painful; all humiliations and pain of February Thursday, September 27 Return to Hawthorne Gardens. H.t.d. in library Wednesday, November 14 Return to the Park Plaza and exciting h.t.d. Friday, December 14 H.t.d. on waking: like rejoining the human race Sunday December 30 H.t.d. 56 in 1962; Brenda absent five weeks 1963 Saturday, September 7, Stratford Rest at the motel and h.t.d. Tuesday, December 31 H.t.d. 67 in 1963